How do you decide that comes next?
Why is it annoying? Because I was sitting at my desk, waiting for our daughter, trying to decide what comes next. I find it annoying when I discover him sitting in my brain, or on my shoulder.
But it is a wonderful question as I try to decide whether to write a post, clean my desk, go check on the computer that is supposed to be updating in the office next door (after spending the afternoon trying to get it working), update one of two web projects I started yesterday, list the other things I need to do before the weekend, make a call, read something, talk to God about one of the many people who have had a really bad day today, or just spend time bouncing from Google Reader to email account one to email account two to twitter to flickr to reader.
In other words, there are an incredible number of ways to fill the time slot called “next” without moving far from this chair. But one of them has to be picked, whether by default or by decision. (I know, default is a decision, but humor me.)
What I most would like to be able to say that I use as a framework for deciding is something noble, like changing the world, or changing lives. As I result, I would say, “Next I’m going to check out the computer because without it Janna won’t be able to work and she is about changing the lives of children which is changing the world.” Or I would say, “Next I’m going to clean my desk because I need to find three emails and a bill which will help other people get their work done.”
But what I did is realize that Chris handed me a blog post.
I decide based on habit.
So if I want to be more focused, whether on doing or being, whether on being effective or efficient, whether on being more caring or compassionate or consistent or even more like Christ, I need to look at my habits, my routines of action. And in the process decide whether they align with what I believe to be how I should decide.
Because what I want to do is…